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Meet the Interns 2018

05/24/2018, 1:45pm CDT
By Cole Bredahl

With school out for the summer, 12 interns have made their way to Blaine for the summer. From schools in seven different states, the interns will work to put on NSC tournaments, which will be followed by the biggest event of the summer, Schwan’s USA CUP in July.

Back row (left to right): Tyler Head; Michigan Trunkel; Cole Bredahl; Lucas Camargo; Mac Gruber

Front row (left to right): Sarah Anderson; Logan Halvorson; Cassie Prescott; Ellie Fleming; Mary Brickner; Paige Jackson


But who exactly are these 12 young people new to campus? Here’s your chance to meet the interns, who will be helping at the NSC all summer.

Sarah Anderson – Video production intern

Sarah Anderson is a recent graduate of University of Wisconsin-River Falls in marketing communications and screen and stage arts. Sarah grew up in West Saint Paul, Minn., but has never been to USA CUP or the NSC.

As the video production intern, Sarah will be responsible for shooting and editing videos throughout the summer including the video above introducing the interns. She is looking forward to getting more experience on how to film sports and be a part of a large event like USA CUP.

At UWRF, Sarah was active with her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha and served as a video production intern for the Office of Student Involvement.

Mary Brickner – Media intern

Mary Brickner is going to be a senior at St. Thomas at the fall, studying communications and journalism. Mary returns to the NSC for a second year as a Media Intern.

At UST, Mary was the Chief Story Editor and Social Media Manager for TommieMedia, the school online media department.

Growing up figure skating at the Schwan Super Rink, Mary has always been familiar with the NSC. Mary returned for her second summer because “you meet a lot of interesting people and get to tell a lot of cool stories.”

Cole Bredahl – Media intern

Cole Bredahl is an incoming junior at Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. Cole is studying sports communication and marketing. Originally from Maplewood, Minn., he is familiar with the NSC by participating in USA CUP as a youth player and skating at the Schwan Super Rink.

He is looking forward to getting more experience writing stories on a deadline and getting a chance to interview players from all over the world as a media intern.

Cole is an avid sports fan and his favorite teams are the Minnesota Wild and New Orleans Saints. When Cole isn’t working, he enjoys running and spending time with his two dogs, Kenzie and Yankee.

Paige Jackson – Graphic design intern

Paige Jackson is a senior at University of Minnesota-Duluth studying graphic design. Growing up just down the road from the NSC in Lino Lakes, Paige played hockey at the Schwan Super Rink often and has been to USA CUP to watch friends play.

Paige is looking forward to getting more experience in graphic design throughout her internship this summer. The NSC is the perfect place for Paige because she is “happy as long as she is outside.”

Paige plays club hockey at UMD and enjoys spending time with her dogs Rocky and Tyra Banks.

Lucas Camargo –Registration and referees intern

Lucas Camargo is the lone intern not originally form the United States, as he was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Lucas will oversee scheduling referees and registering teams this summer.

Lucas is a graduate student studying leadership education at Winona State and received his undergraduate degree from Williams Baptist College in Arkansas, where he played on their soccer team.

Lucas has brought several teams to NSC tournaments and USA CUP three times as a coach of teams in the Rochester area. He is excited to be involved with organizing an event that “makes a difference in a kid’s life and gives them a week they will remember forever.”

Michigan Trunkel –Registration and dorms intern

Michigan Trunkel is the only Wisconsinite among the interns, hailing from Baldwin. Michigan will be a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the fall studying sport management.

Michigan is active on campus as the president of the club wrestling team and a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. He worked at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis and could watch most of the game from inside the stadium.

This summer will be Michigan’s first experience with the NSC and he is looking forward to having freedom to be creative and make his job his own.

Michigan is a lover of meat, but he has never had a hamburger and has even refused cash to try one.

Now get this: his name is Michigan, he is from Wisconsin, he goes to school at Minnesota and he cheers for Ohio State.

Ellie Fleming – Registration and volunteers intern

Ellie Fleming is the registration and volunteers intern this summer as a senior from the University of Iowa studying in communication studies, sports studies and event planning.

Ellie has never played in USA CUP, but she has been there as a fan supporting friends. She wants to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes to put together events because she never really pays attention to all the hard work you don’t see.

Originally from Shoreview, Minn., Ellie enjoys traveling up north, boating and fishing. Something unique about Ellie is she does not like chocolate or any sweets.

Logan Halvorson – Activities intern

Logan Halvorson returns to NSC for her second year as an activities intern. She will start her senior year at Central Michigan in the fall studying sports management and event management.

Logan plays on the lacrosse team at Central Michigan and continues to play in two leagues throughout the summer. Originally from Lakeville, Minn., she also played basketball in high school.

The best part of USA CUP and interning with NSC to Logan is meeting people all around the world. In her second year on campus, Logan is looking forward to improving on what she did last year and knowing how everything works.

Something people don’t know about Logan is that she has two siblings who were adopted from Haiti.

Cassie Prescott – Star of the North Games and Opening Ceremonies intern

Cassie Prescott is from Saint Paul, Minn. and an incoming senior at the University of South Carolina, where she studies sport entertainment management. Cassie played hockey at the Schwan Super Rink and is familiar with USA CUP, but has never attended it.

Cassie comes to campus after recently returning from Australia, where she interned at the Commonwealth Games. She also has managed the Gamecocks softball team.

Cassie enjoys hanging out at the beach in the summer and is adjusting to cutting her hair short for the first time in her life.

Mac Gruber – Operations intern

Mac Gruber just graduated from Bemidji State University with a sport management major and a mass communication minor. Mac is from Pierz, Minn. and will be an operations intern this summer.

As an operations intern, Mac will spend a lot of time outside making sure tournaments are running like a well-oiled machine. This is the perfect job for Mac as he considers himself an outdoorsman, who enjoys fishing.

Mac has never been to USA CUP or the NSC and is looking forward to learning a lot about everything that goes into a tournament as big as USA CUP.

Tyler Head – Operations intern

Tyler Head makes up the other half of the operations interns. A native of Fairmont, Minn., Tyler is a junior at the University of North Dakota studying marketing and sports business.

Tyler has been to the NSC for soccer tournaments and has played hockey at the Schwan Super Rink. He is excited to be around sports every day this summer and be a big part of putting together USA CUP.

Tyler is a passionate hockey fan; his favorite teams are the Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins. His dog is even named Crosby after Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby.

Connor Gagnon- Finance and accounting intern

Connor Gagnon just finished his sophomore year at St. Thomas studying financial management. Connor joins the NSC as the first-ever finance and accounting intern and looks forward to getting more real-world experience in finance.

Throughout the school year, Connor is involved in the finance club and is an assistant coach of Spring Lake Park High School’s boys’ hockey team, his alma mater.

In his free time, Connor likes fishing, golfing and playing hockey and has played at the Schwan Super Rink many times.

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